Quantcast
Connect with us

Self-smearing GOP lawmaker won’t resign, blames blackmailers and Lansing ‘mafia’ for email he wrote

Published

on

The Michigan Tea Party Republican who was caught on tape plotting to create an anonymous email accusing himself of having a gay fling in order to deflect from an affair with a fellow married Republican says he won’t step down, the Detroit Free Press is reporting.

State Rep. Todd Courser (R) was caught on tape attempting to get an aide to assist him in creating an anonymous email smearing himself with a rumor of a hook-up with a gay prostitute behind a nightclub prior to word getting out that he was having an affair with fellow Tea Partier Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R).

ADVERTISEMENT

While state lawmakers have opened up an investigation into the two, Courser –who is a father of four — released a rambling audio on his campaign website admitting “My actions in and around the events in the e-mail sent to misdirect attention were my doing in planning and execution,” before pointing the finger at anonymous blackmailers and lawmakers.

“The e-mail was put in motion to disrupt the blackmailer and give me some clues as to the surveillance of my life. It was all done in a pressure cooker and … it put me in a situation where a bad choice was the choice that I made,” he said, stating the unnamed blackmailers were trying to get him to resign.

“But to change the country, men and women must be able to stand unafraid even when they’re a broken messenger. And I’m a certainly a broken messenger,” he said in the recording. “I have chosen to stay and make them play their hand. I think it is absolutely necessary to have these clandestine operations to control public officials be exposed. So I have refused to leave quietly and have decided that these efforts really need to come out.”

He added, “I see this as the establishment machine getting everyone to do what they’re told to do and no one dare question their authority.”

Fellow Republican and Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter said Courser’s latest shenanigans were unsurprising and expected given his past behavior.

ADVERTISEMENT

“So much of the audio file was just another in a long series of deflections. He’s trying to deflect from himself and allege that others have done wrong,” he said. “He has a long pattern of this type of behavior.”

He added, “If this weren’t so offensive, it might be funny. He sends out these ridiculously long e-mail rants, about the so-called establishment, and uses words like ‘mafia’ and ‘cartel’ but no one else did wrong here. These two representatives voluntarily engaged in the affair and they need to own up to that. There are 107 other members of the House currently serving. It’s so unfair to this institution as a whole and it’s so unfair that we have this type of distraction.”

Cotter said lawmakers won’t be making any moves on the two lawmakers until the investigation is complete.

ADVERTISEMENT

Rep. Gamrat, a mother of three, has refused to comment on the ongoing controversy.

 

 

 

 


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano rips Trump for tweeting while America burns

Published

on

Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano blasted President Donald Trump's failure of leadership after nationwide protests have erupted over the police killing of George Floyd.

Napolitano was outraged by the president calling on governors to "dominate" protesters, and he ripped Trump's inflammatory tweets, reported the Huffington Post.

“These words make things worse, they don’t lighten the tension -- they exacerbate it,” Napolitano told Fox News Radio’s “Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla.”

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Congress can rein in Trump’s power by amending one single law

Published

on

By

By Kathryn Kovacs Presidential power in the United States has gotten out of hand. It’s not just one outrageous president; the presidency itself has burst free of its shackles and threatens to overrun our democracy. But Congress can restore balance by amending a single federal law.The problem isn’t the Constitution. The men who wrote the U.S. Constitution didn’t anticipate COVID-19, for example. Later Congress drafted the laws that give the president the unilateral power to keep meat-packing plants open, close the nation’s borders, and redirect billions of federal dollars. The president’s many ... (more…)

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

With a deranged, racist reactionary in the White House, it’s almost surprising this explosion took so long

Published

on

This is what it looks like when too many aggrieved Americans become deluded enough to elect a buffoonish, malicious, bigoted weirdo who tried to sell beef in Sharper Image mall stores. Yet it still manages to shock us, and rightfully so, when we observe how Donald Trump remains grossly out of his depth, incapable of even the most basic presidential responsibilities. Nearly four years into the job, his inability to carry out the paint-by-numbers traditions of benevolent leadership in the White House remains in critical focus as the nation falls further from greatness by the second, with chaos erupting all around.
Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image